Friday 21 October 2016

Two sons of late hotel boss Jim Mansfield plead not guilty to ammunition charges

Andrew Phelan

Published 29/06/2016 | 11:19

Jim Mansfield Jnr (front) and PJ Mansfield (back) sons of the late Jim Mansfield Snr (inset)
Jim Mansfield Jnr (front) and PJ Mansfield (back) sons of the late Jim Mansfield Snr (inset)

A TRIAL date has been set in the case against two sons of the late billionaire hotel boss Jim Mansfield who are accused of possession of ammunition at their homes.

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Jim Mansfield Jr (48) and Patrick James (PJ) Mansfield (38) are both pleading not guilty to the charges against them.

Judge Marie Keane adjourned their cases to November 21 for hearing at Dublin District Court.

She also ordered disclosure by the prosecution of additional garda statements within 21 days.

Jim Mansfield Jr is charged with having 180 rounds of .22 Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his home at Tassaggart House in Saggart on January 29, 2015.

Two further charges of possession of a Fabarm pump action shotgun and 19 rounds of 12" gauge shotgun cartridges with a certificate were previously struck out.

His brother PJ Mansfield is accused of possession of 1,252 rounds of Walther ammunition without a firearms licence at his former home at Coldwater Lake in Saggart.

The accused are sons of Jim Mansfield Snr, who passed away in January 2014.

He was the businessman behind the popular Citywest hotel and Weston Airport as well as a number of high profile ventures. Several of these other businesses collapsed in the recession.

Today, defence barrister Tony McGillicuddy said the trial before the non-jury district court would take up to two days.

He asked the judge to set a date for mention of the case to confirm it was going ahead “and deal with any ancillary matters that may arise.”

He said after examining disclosure documents, it appeared there were further statements made by a garda.

Judge Keane adjourned the cases to November 21, for hearing. She set a mention date of October 7 and excused the defendants from attending on that date.

The accused, both wearing grey suits, did not address the court during today’s brief proceedings.

When they appeared before Blanchardstown District Court last week, it was alleged that during a search of PJ's home gardai found a licensed Walther pistol and 1,552 rounds of ammunition, which was 1,252 more than the 300 rounds he was licensed to hold.

In relation to Jim Mansfield, Judge David McHugh had refused jurisdiction to deal with his case at district court level. However, he was asked by a State solicitor to re-consider the allegations after two of the charges were struck out.

Detective Garda Ian Pemberton alleged that gardai searched Mr Mansfield's home under warrant and located a legally-held Walther pistol as well as 480 rounds of ammunition, which was 180 rounds of ammunition in excess of the licence.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with that charge.  He had also ordered disclosure of information received by gardai to obtain a search warrant.

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